Confused about dance floor terminology? Here we break down the difference between Marley floors and our Alvas Matlay and Alvas Marlay floors.


Marley is one of the most recognized names in the dance world. Marley Flooring Ltd., founded in 1948 in the United Kingdom offered a range of floor coverings, including a rolled vinyl floor.  Ballet dancers soon discovered they “liked the feel” of the rolled vinyl, and thus began the term “Marley Dance Flooring”.

The company stopped offering the rolled vinyl floor in the late seventies, but the term “Marley” remained in the dance world. Now used as a general term describing any vinyl surface for dance. Many companies carry their own versions of “Marley Dance Flooring”, and continue to provide the dance world with this preferred surface texture.

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Marley Vintage Ad


Alvas Matlay is a version of a versatile, reversible “Marley” dance floor covering. Ideal for ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip hop and many other forms of dance. Both sides of the Matlay have a matte finish with a tape down application. The material is lightweight and easily stored, therefore making it ideal for touring and competitions. Alvas Matlay is comparable to Rosco’s Dance Floor and Harlequin’s Reversible Floor.

Alvas Matlay - Gray/Black


Alvas Marlay, recently redesigned to include a fiber webbing between each vinyl layer, allowing more dimensional stability (the degree to which a material maintains its original dimensions when subjected to changes in temperature and humidity). Alvas Marlay is another version of a “Marley” dance floor covering, which can be utilized with a tape down or welded application. Ideal for ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip hop and many other forms of dance. Alvas Marlay is comparable to Rosco’s Arabesque and Harlequin’s Cascade.

Alvas Marlay - Gray/Gray

Pair a “Marley” dance floor covering with a floating sub floor and you will have created a dancers dream floor.